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Subject: interesting pre-tour practice
These are some rehearsals from May 28-30, 1976, when the Dead were getting songs ready for their new tour.
Since these are practice versions, they're sometimes rather tentative and laid-back compared to the live shows of '76 - the Supplication jams are particularly mild-mannered. Attics of My Life, of course, the Dead decided not to do live, so this is almost the only version with Donna & Keith (there were a couple back in '72). Eyes starts out (track 9) as a jam, with the band apparently re-familiarizing themselves with the song. In tracks 10-12 they remind themselves how Playin' in the Band used to go (these are not "jams" as labeled, though there is some noodling), and track 13 has a complete Playin'. Garcia especially steps out here, and the jam is engaging with a slick return to the song. Then it's back to a strong version of Eyes (a complete take in track 14, and another jam in track 15). The complete take of Wharf Rat (track 20) is quite nice - Garcia uses a strange & different tone in the ending solo. There is also a strong Wheel (track 22), and Candyman makes a jaunty return.
(Note: This GEMS file mostly duplicates the other Vernon file of this session, but each file is missing material - the Vernon file is missing some songs from 5/28, but the GEMS file is missing the early Playin' takes from 5/29.)
There are many more rehearsals from April/May '76 that are not on the Archive, which include more Attics, slow versions of Might As Well, and takes of Crazy Fingers, Saint Stephen, Let It Grow, the "Peanut Butter Song", Estimated Prophet, and Born Cross-Eyed. Hopefully some of these might be added someday.
Subject: not bad
very cool attics
Why didn't they play this in concert? I feel american beauty (and workingman's dead) were poorly covered in concert, sure Sugar Mag, Truckin, casey jones and ujb became default encore and show closer material, but some of the finer tunes, such as till the morning comes, attics, speedway, operator, deserved more play, especially in the 71-74 era. Look for attics at 9-27-72 and 10-28-72, along with the 2/22/74 sound check.
Im not sure I want to hear donna in the mix on this, but it does sound pretty good. this sounds more like JGB than dead, with keith's tempo change very upfront. Obviously the changes in sound that the JGB with K+D set up infected 76 dead, devil, tleo to name a few, but I wonder why this shift happened then, the 75 studio stuff still sounds pretty good with the two drummers working well, but by 76 its really in your face and not too measured. I think newer material such as help-slip-frank works great with 2 drums but the older stuff suffered.
Subject: Club Front
FYI. Club Front was/is the Grateful Dead's own studio (I know Phil & Bob still use it & I would assume so do the others). Located in San Rafael, CA. Always loved this recording. Had it for years on cassette, but wore it out!! So glad to see it here even if it is just available to stream.
;-). It's always cool to hear the Dead screwin' aound in the studio. Completely free to do/say whatever. 5 stars wharts & all.
Subject: Le Club Front Studios, it looks like
Hi, folks - Many web sites list this venue as 'Le Club Front Studios' but I have no idea where those studios were/are. Good stuff here, though. Thanks for uploading.
Subject: Thanks for adding this!
The Attics (track 5) is outstanding. I had heard this on the Greatful Dead Hour on NPR some years ago and had always been trying to find it.
Thanks for whoever finally put this on the list!